A stroll around the city of Amsterdam: the highlights
Don’t want to miss out on anything Amsterdam has to offer while you’re here for a few days? Let us take you on a walk around town and show you the highlights. It depends on how much sightseeing you want to do, but everything listed below can be visited within two days. Or, if you’re confident enough, you could rent a bike and ride along the beautiful canals of the capital of the Netherlands.
1. Red light district (De Wallen)
The oldest part of the city: the Amsterdam Wallen district, famous for the Red Light District, but also a fascinating neighborhood to stroll around.
2. The Anne Frank House
For two years during the Second World War, Anne Frank hid from Nazi persecution with her family and four other people in hidden rooms at the rear of the 17th-century canal house, known as the Secret Annex (Dutch: Achterhuis). Their former hiding place is located at the current Anne Frank Museum.
Address: Prinsengracht 263-267
3. The Nine Little Streets
The Nine Little Streets (Dutch: De Negen Straatjes) consists of nine side streets of the Prinsengracht, Keizersgracht, and Herengracht and in central Amsterdam. Perfect for having lunch or dinner, or going on a shopping spree. Definitely include these streets during your discovery of the city!
4. Het Grachtenhuis
This museum shows you Amsterdam during the 17th century, and especially the famous Amsterdam canals. How were they built and why are they still so special? Find out all about them at the Canal House. Address: Herengracht 386
Het Begijnhof is one of the most special areas located in center of the city. Step through the gates and discover the serenity of het Begijnhof.
This museum is located in the house where the Dutch painter Rembrandt lived for many years. Here you can see everything about his life as an artist and teacher in Amsterdam. Address: Jodenbreestraat 4
7. De Hallen
De Hallen in Amsterdam-West used to be a tram depot, which you will recognize when you find yourself in the back of the building. Nowadays you can eat in the Foodhallen, go to the little boutique shops or watch a movie at the cinema. Address: Hannie Dankbaarpassage
The Rijksmuseum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Concertgebouw, all surround this large square in the South of Amsterdam. During the winter you could go ice skating, while you can hang out on the grass during the summer.
Visit Amsterdam’s largest city park to stroll through or sit down at one of the coffee house terraces and enjoy a cup of coffee. If you’re lucky, you can even catch one of the free performances at the open-air theater.
10. Brouwerij ’t IJ
At the IJ in the East of the city, is where you can find Amsterdam’s biggest windmill. Right under the mill is where you can find Brewery ’t IJ, a well-known brewery and a tasting area where you’re served characteristic Amsterdam craft beers. Brewery ‘t IJ opens at 2 pm and closes at 8 pm every day of the year.
Address: Funenkade 7
A fun experience for kids and their parents: science museum Nemo. Here you can experience what it is like to be a scientist and work on your own experiments in the chemistry laboratory. With a great roof terrace!
Address: Oosterdok 2
12. Hilton Hotel: Double Tree sky lounge
Treat yourself to a delicious cocktail at the highest point of the DoubleTree Hilton hotel: the sky lounge. Make sure to be there before the sun starts to set and get ready to enjoy a breathtaking view.
Address: Oosterdoksstraat 4
13. A’DAM Toren
You can get another beautiful view of Amsterdam at The A’DAM Toren (tower), which is located right across the city center in the North of Amsterdam. Take the free ferry to Buikslotermeerplein and walk a minute or two to get to the A’DAM Toren.
Address: Overhoeksplein 1
14. Pllek / IJkantine
Take the (free) ferry to NDSM shipyard and go right to reach Pllek, where you will find a city beach on the IJ and the best food and drinks you can imagine.